Category: March 2021

MAB Will No Longer Provide Uplink, Closed Captioning for COVID-19 Press Conferences

The MAB has been proud to partner with WLNS-TV (Lansing) in to provide the live coverage of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 press conferences to our broadcasters across the state for the past year. To be able to help you bring important and vital information to the residents of our great state has been a job we… read more

FCC Issues Reminder On Sponsorship Identification Requirements – Including Obligation to Ensure Syndicated and Brokered Program Providers Comply With the Rules

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued an Advisory reminding broadcasters about their obligation to provide sponsorship identification information to their audiences whenever they receive something of value in exchange for airing any programming.  The Enforcement Bureau’s advisory was quite concise, basically just reminding broadcasters of their sponsorship identification obligations. … read more

Brent Alberts Appointed Brand Manager at WMMQ

Industry veteran Brent Alberts has been appointed Brand Manager of Townsquare Media’s WMMQ-FM (Lansing).  Alberts has been Brand Manager of sister stations WJIM-AM and WVFN-AM and continues with those duties.  Alberts will also host the station’s afternoon drive slot as well as continuing to host the station’s “All Request Saturday Night,” which he has hosted… read more

Reminder: Statewide Tornado Drill This Coming Wednesday, March 24

Additional resources, tips for listeners and viewers and graphics are available here. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared  March 21-27 to be Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 24. Broadcaster participation will take place with an… read more

WLNS Hosts Digital Town Hall on Mental Health

On March 17, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) hosted a one-hour digital Townhall focused on Mental Health. The event was streamed live on the station’s website as well as Facebook. Experts answered viewer questions and discussed a number of topics, and resources available for those struggling with mental illness.  Viewers were able to submit a question… read more

Benson Calls for FOIA Expansion in New Transparency Agenda; House Unanimously Approves FOIA, LORA Bills

The Freedom of Information Act would be extended to both the governor and Legislature, under a new transparency agenda released Monday (3/15) by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The plan also calls for elected officials would have to wait two years before working as a lobbyist, according to a report in Gongwer. Dubbed “From Worst… read more

Station Sales: One FM and Two Translators

Two applications for assignment of Michigan licenses were filed recently with the FCC.  In the first application, filed on March 5, Central Michigan University is selling FM translator W236BU to Black Diamond Broadcast Holdings.  CMU previously used the translator to relay WCMW-FM (Harbor Springs) into the Traverse City market.  This is no longer necessary since… read more